Paris - Timea Bacsinszky's love affair with
Roland Garros continued on Thursday when she swept aside struggling Canadian
Eugenie Bouchard 6-4, 6-4 to reach the third round of the French Open.
A semi-finalist last year where she lost to
eventual champion Serena Williams, the Swiss eighth seed trailed 1-4 in the
first set before she took control, winning 10 games in a row to serve for the
match at 5-0 in the second.
Bouchard, a French Open semi-finalist in
2014, the year she rose to fifth in the world, staved off defeat by winning
that game and she saved a match point on her own serve to pull back to 5-2.
The fight-back continued with another break
of serve and a hold to get to 5-4, but Bacsinszky finally held firm on her
serve at the third time of asking to seal the win.
The Swiss No 1 will next play either
France's Pauline Parmentier or Irina Falconi of the United States for a place
in the last 16.
"I am happy with the win especially as
I was 5-0 up and then it was 5-4 and she had two chances to get to 5-5. So I
really made it complicated for myself," she said.
"I just love Roland Garros. It brought
me back in to tennis three years ago and I reached the semi-finals last year.
Ever since I was a little girl I have dreamt of this tournament."